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Poster: TheGreat_and_Knowledgable Date: Apr 18, 2007 3:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

simple question, what dead songs deal with the "american dream." No stretching too far, if you know what i mean by this

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 18, 2007 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Cumberland Blues: blues version
Golden Road: hippie version
US Blues: sell out version
Truckin: on the road version

Not sure what you meant exactly, but good thought, and hope this are not too far afield...

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Poster: ststephen7 Date: Apr 18, 2007 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

comes a time
truckin (even though i have always not been very fond of this tune)
uncle johns band

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Poster: barongsong Date: Apr 19, 2007 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

More modern dream look no further than West LA Fade Away, but honestly I think all the songs speak of the Dream in a different ways. After all we were living it, were we not.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 18, 2007 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

day job

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 18, 2007 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Lobster!

If only they had played it somewhere else besides the encore slot!

"Keep Your Day Job"
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

Maybe you collect or maybe you pay
Still got to work that eight-hour day
Whether you like that job or not
Keep it on ice while you're
lining up your long shot
Which is to say
hey-ey

[Chorus] Keep your day job
Don't give it away
Keep your day job
Whatever they say

Ring that bell for whatever it's worth
When Monday comes don't forget about work
By now you know that the face on your dollar
Got a thumb to its nose and a
Hand on your collar
Which is to say, hey-ey

[Chorus]

Punch that time card
Check that clock
When Monday comes
You gotta run, run, run
Not walk

[Chorus]

Steady, boy, study that eight-day hour
But don't underrate that paycheck power
If you ask me, which I know you don't,
I'd tell you to do what I know you won't
Which is to say
Hey-ey

[Chorus]

Daddy may drive a V-8 'Vette
Mamma may bathe in champagne yet
God bless the child with his own stash
Nine to five and a place to crash
which is to say...

[Chorus, with added lines at end:] Keep you day job
Until your night job pays

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Here's the deal with day job. Most hate it for the message the band supposedly was sending, I just thought it was rip off musically of a few other Garcia tunes. More a lazy effort for me than the Horrible rep the tune got with most folks. With that said i would have taken a day job in 93/94 instead of yet another Don't ease Me In

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 19, 2007 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Bears repeating:
Hunter, in his Box of Rain, notes that
"This song was dropped from the Grateful Dead repertoire at the request of fans. Seriously."

Although I'd take it over Brent's "I Don't Need Love"

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 19, 2007 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

man I have come to find out I am in the minority on Don't need love. That tune takes a beat down in this forum and i really like it. Probably my fav brent tune. Ouch

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 18, 2007 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

cover song "Me and Bobby McGhee"

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Apr 19, 2007 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

"Liberty" comes to mind since so many equate America w/"freedom"---whatever that means.

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Poster: SiKoKiLLa Date: Apr 19, 2007 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

I once wrote an essay in english class on how Dark Star's lyrics represented the disillusionment of the american dream.....It fits but its too good a song to be thinking about that while listening...

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Apr 18, 2007 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Maybe not a Dead song but:

Mission in the Rain sums up the Dream theme

Also - Comes a Time

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Apr 18, 2007 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

The team of Hunter and Garcia wrote exceptionally American music, but in my mind rarely of the dream. Uncle Johns Band and Ripple come to mind in terms of following a path to a certain kind of life. On the other hand, broken dreams always carry more dramatic weight and songs like Wharf Rat and Loser are stellar examples of that idiom, and perhaps unique to America. Then there's Americana like Jack Straw, and Me & My Uncle, not to mention Cumberland.

I recently heard an interview with Bruce Hornsby who declared that the Dead had 50 songs in their catalog that could have been written a hundred years ago. I would bet that all those tunes well represent the American dream in one way or another.

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Poster: TheGreat_and_Knowledgable Date: Apr 18, 2007 5:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

good thanks guys a lot of these deal with america, but not in direct relation to the dream, the opening lyrics for uncle johns would relate. And as one of you said Wharf and Loser relate to failing the dream

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 19, 2007 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

The American Dream as a promise unfulfilled is the subject of a song you can call The United States Blues.

Along the same line, one of the Dead's all-time great covers was a folk song that thousands of Okies migrating west following the devastation of the Dust Bowl of the 1930's took on as a reflection of their own plight. Interpreted by Garcia and The Grateful Dead, though, Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad was elevated from a melancholy folk dirge to a triumphant anthem that helped send Heads goin' down the road to the next show to feel anything but bad. Some notes about the song here, although even these make no mention of the "feed me on cold biscuits and gravy" verse that Mom told me was absent from the Dead's version:

http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/introjs.htm?/~acsa/songfile/GOINGDOW.HTM

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 19, 2007 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Good description...the ones I listed for me attend to the reality of the dream, perhaps more than the realization, and think that's why they didn't resonate with others. However, the reality is more compelling, and Americana is in some sense for me, the acceptance of that reality with time, and the recognition that your dreams eventually come to be realized through the experience of accepting that life's journey is often just that: getting up and going to work, sorting out relationships, trying to have a good time, trying to do the right thing and failing, succeding every so often, being bummed at times, but keepin on...

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Poster: cush11 Date: Apr 18, 2007 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Terrapin Station...

St Stephen...

Jack Straw...

:)

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 18, 2007 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

Isn't the only answer Box of Rain?

such a long long time to be gone

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Poster: Fishead Date: Apr 19, 2007 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead songs dealing with The American Dream

that's too easy

candyman !!!!!!!!